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Johann Zarco secures pole position in Assen qualifying

French Monster Yamaha rider Johann Zarco secured pole position for the first time in his career with a stunning performance in the second round of qualifying for the Dutch TT (Tourist Trophy) on Saturday.

Zarco posted a best time of one minute 46.141 seconds in Q2 at the TT Circuit here to narrowly beat out Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who clocked 1:46.206.

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Aaroh Ravindra dominates National Rotax

Aaroh Ravindra (Team Rayo Racing)from Mumbai, exceeded all expectations to win the Senior final of the FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship at Shamirpet, Hyderabad.  The Vice Champion JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series Champion overcame multiple issues in practice & the heats to put up a stellar drive & finish on top eventually.

An unfortunate DNF in heat 2 meant that Aaroh had to start in sixth place for the pre final. A good start & some fantastic racing saw the nineteen year old Mumbai youngster make his way up the order to win the pre – final ahead of Bangalore based Rayo Racing team mate – Danesh Vakharia. 

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F3 Podium for Jehan Daruvala in Hungary

Sahara Force India Academy Racer, Jehan Daruvala notched up his 2nd F3 podium with a strong drive to third place in Race 1. The Hungaroring Formula 1 Circuit hosted the fourth round of the FIA F3 European Championship along with the DTM racing series.

Jehan’s weekend began in the best possible way with the Indian Rookie on top of the time sheets in the first practice, with a lap time of 1:36.073. Practice session 2 saw Jehan drop to fourth on the time sheets. Qualifying for Race 1 was under tricky conditions due to rain and Jehan showed tremendous improvement in his wet weather skills to qualify in fourth. Incredibly, he posted the same laptime of 1:50.224 as Jake Hughes, who posted his laptime slightly before Jehan & would therefore start ahead of Jehan. Up ahead Maximillian Gunther from Germany earned pole position. 

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Toyota Gazoo Racing endure disappointing end to Le Mans 24 Hours

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing endured a painful Le Mans 24 Hours in which two of its TS050 HYBRIDs did not reach the chequered flag while the remaining car finished ninth.

Hopes were high of a first TOYOTA win at Le Mans when the pole position-winning #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Stéphane Sarrazin led for the opening 10 hours but it retired at 1.15am following a clutch problem. 

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Rossi taken out early in wild race at Texas Motor Speedway

If “everything's bigger in Texas,” the Verizon IndyCar Series certainly delivered Saturday night with an incident-filled event at Texas Motor Speedway. With only eight of the 22 cars finishing the race, 12 of the non-finishing cars were forced out due to contact. Alexander Rossi was the first victim, taken out on lap 38 by the Ganassi Racing duo of Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon.

"I went to pass Tony (Kanaan) on the inside of (Turn) 3, and then we were three-wide when Scott suddenly came up late on my inside,” said Rossi.  “There are two lanes here, but there aren't three. Tony turned down into me and pinched me down with nowhere to go.” 

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